Published on November 6, 2012 | by Chinedu Okafor


UAL alumnus wins Emerging Artists award

A pice of work from the competition

The competition aims to highlight unrepresented artists [Robin Sinha]

A competition hosted by footwear brand Converse and independent arts magazine Dazed and Confused has been won by Camberwell College of the Arts graduate Samara Scott.

Scott, who studied BA Illustration, became the third winner of the annual Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists award earlier this month after being shortlisted alongside three other finalists.

The former student’s winning creation, for which she received £6,000, was inspired by visual information available to her on a daily basis.

It features carpet-covered walls, pastel coloured sculptures and frogspawn resembling a pool.

The ceremony

The finalists were invited to produce site-specific pieces for the high-profile judging panel, which included Whitechapel Gallery curator Kirsty Ogg, Arts Commissioning Editor of The Times, Nancy Durrant, and Dazed’s Visual Arts Editor, Francesca Gavin.

With no limitations to the disciplines they could use, the finalists were free to explore a variety of options – a creative element which Scott says is fundamental to the nature of her work.

She said:“I’m interested in making very abstract designs so it borders on a discourse between fine art and design.

“Rather than describe myself as an illustrator – that would kind of subtract from all the work I do.”

“There has never been a more exciting moment in British art than now.” Kirsty Ogg

The competition and collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, currently in its third year, is open to all unrepresented artists in the United Kingdom not currently studying at University or art school and under the age of 35.

Past entrants

Previous competition winners include London College of Communication MA Photography Alumnus, Peter Ainsworth, who won in 2010 as a result of his work from his ‘Cover’ series.

Since completing her degree at the University of the Arts London, Scott has gone on to complete an MA at The Royal College of the Arts, and has collaborated with creatives such as cross-platform art company Lucky PDF.

Whitechapel Gallery curator and competition panellist, Kirsty Ogg said of the competition: “There has never been a more exciting moment in British art than now.

“Whether inspired by the latest trends such as DIY publishing or the new possibilities of digital media, the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artists Award with the Whitechapel Gallery is the chance to see new talent first.”

Work by Scott and the other shortlisted artists is currently on display at a pop-up gallery at 17 Osborn Street, London, E1 6TD until November 11.

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